A derecho is a widespread straight line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms usually in the form of a bow echo. Winds are sustained and generally increases in strength behind the “gust” front.
This event was impressive on many levels.
First – It travelled from Upper Mid West down to the Mid Atlantic Coast.
Second – The widespread path of destruction it left behind with millions in the dark during a heat wave
Third – It was able to withstand the mountains and hold its strength to the coast
Forth – The Bow was identifyable the entire length
Look at the path of reports and all the High winds (above 65mph) reports.
A few select random reports:
1225 AM TSTM WND DMG MIDDLETOWN 39.45N 75.71W
06/30/2012 NEW CASTLE DE TRAINED SPOTTER
POLES SNAPPED. WIND GUSTS ESTIMATED IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.
1125 PM TSTM WND DMG EASTON 38.77N 76.08W
06/29/2012 TALBOT MD 911 CALL CENTER
TREES AND WIRES DOWN COUNTYWIDE… STARTING AT AROUND 1125 PM ON TILGMAN ISLAND.
1010 PM TSTM WND DMG FREDERICK 39.43N 77.42W
06/29/2012 FREDERICK MD EMERGENCY MNGR
WIDESPREAD TREES DOWN AND ROADS BLOCKED.
1001 PM TSTM WND DMG BLUEMONT 39.11N 77.83W
06/29/2012 LOUDOUN VA AMATEUR RADIO
NUMEROUS TREES DOWN BLOCKING ROAD.
0922 PM TSTM WND DMG WOODSTOCK 38.88N 78.52W
06/29/2012 SHENANDOAH VA EMERGENCY MNGR
TREES ON HOUSES..ROADS..CARS. POWER LINES DOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY
0905 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 W ALPHA 43.00N 92.13W
06/29/2012 XXX XX TRAINED SPOTTER
FLAGPOLE BENT OVER AND TREE LIMBS BLOWN DOWN. WINDS ESTIMATED AT 70 MPH.
1028 PM TSTM WND GST 1 W FREDERICKSBURG 38.30N 77.51W
06/29/2012 E80 MPH CITY OF FREDERICKS VA TRAINED SPOTTER
1032 PM HAIL GREEN VALLEY 39.34N 77.25W
06/29/2012 E1.25 INCH FREDERICK MD TRAINED SPOTTER
0830 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 E GRUNDY 37.28N 82.09W
06/29/2012 BUCHANAN VA 911 CALL CENTER
MANY TREES DOWN THROUGHOUT BUCHANAN COUNTY WITH POWER OUTAGES REPORTED
0941 PM TSTM WND GST PLAINFIELD 41.62N 88.20W
06/29/2012 E70 MPH WILL IL TRAINED SPOTTER
SEVERE WIND GUSTS FURNITURE BLOWN AGAINST FENCE. SMALL LIMBS TORN FROM PARKWAY TREES.
0835 PM TSTM WND DMG CLINTWOOD 37.15N 82.46W
06/29/2012 DICKENSON VA 911 CALL CENTER
SEVERAL TREES DOWN AROUND THE COUNTY
06/29/2012 ORANGE VA AMATEUR RADIO
NUMEROUS 4 TO 6 IN LIMBS DOWN. POWER OUT. ROUTE 620.
Radar view before it entered downtown Baltimore.
60,000 without power across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland alone..And its going to be another hot day today. Just last week hurricane force winds ripped through the area cutting power to residents. Twice in one week.
POWER OUTAGES (as of 8am 6/30/12)
Delmarva Area: 46,590 without Power http://www.delmarva.com/home/emergency/maps/stormcenter/
Southern Maryland: 39,900 Without Power http://outage.smeco.coop/
Baltimore Outages: 421,000 http://www.bge.com/customerservice/stormsoutages/currentoutages/pages/default.aspx
Maryland(D.C Suburbs) 433,483 without power http://www.pepco.com/home/emergency/maps/stormcenter/
Maryland Outages – 361,400 without power http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/mdwv.html
New Jersey – 5000 without power. http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html
PA – First Energy Corp. 28,963 without power. http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html
GIF I put together. I had to wait until the Station files were ready. First I used the Pittsburgh station(KPBZ) then had to switch to the Virginia station(KLWX).